How the MCCQE Part I pass score is established and how it can be used to assess relative performance

The MCC periodically convenes a national panel of physicians that represents faculties of medicine, different specialties and years of experience supervising students and residents to define an acceptable level of performance, and to establish the pass score for the MCCQE Part I through a standard-setting exercise. The panel then recommends its pass score to the Central Examination Committee (CEC) for approval. For additional information on this rigorous process and how a MCCQE Part I score can be used to assess relative performance - Read more.

How the MCCQE Part I pass score is established

Every few years, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) brings together a panel of Canadian physicians to define an acceptable level of performance and establish the pass score for the MCCQE Part I through a standard-setting exercise. The panel then recommends its pass score to the Central Examination Committee (CEC) for approval.

The CEC, composed of physicians and medical educators from across the country, is responsible for awarding pass/fail results to MCCQE Part I candidates.

In June 2018, the MCC completed a rigorous standard-setting exercise based on expert judgments from a panel of 22 physicians across the country who represented faculties of medicine, different specialties, and years of experience supervising students and residents.

For more information on the past MCCQE Part I standard-setting exercise, see the Technical Report on this topic.

A report on the June 2018 standard-setting exercise, using the same standard-setting method as in the past, will be available later in 2018 and will be shared through this e-bulletin.

 

How a MCCQE Part I score can be used to assess relative performance

The candidate’s total score is reported as a scaled score ranging from 100 to 400 with a mean of 250 and a standard deviation of 30.

The mean and standard deviation were set using the results from the April 2018 session. Results from the April 2018 and subsequent sessions will be reported using this scale, allowing candidates to compare their performance across sessions beginning with the April 2018 session.

On this new scale, the pass score that was recommended and approved is 226. This pass score will remain in place until the next standard-setting exercise.

Please note that more information on our score interpretation guidelines page can be accessed here.